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Fri
04
Oct

Cannabis industry insiders are optimistic legal weed can pass later this year

More than 200 insiders and people interested in getting a start in New Jersey’s growing cannabis industry gathered to talk about expanding medical marijuana program, trends in CBD and hemp — and if lawmakers will vote to legalize marijuana later this year.

NJ Cannabis Insider’s Live fall event took place at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison Wednesday. NJ Cannabis Insider is a weekly subscriber-based newsletter produced by NJ Advance Media, which also publishes NJ.com, The Star-Ledger and other affiliated papers.

Fri
04
Oct

Cannabidiol still off WADA prohibited substances list

The cannabinoid cannabidiol has again been explicitly left off the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

The Prohibited List details substances and methods that are banned in sport. The list is updated annually based on scientific and medical research, trends, and intelligence sourced from law enforcement agencies and pharmaceutical companies.

In order for a substance or method to be added to WADA’s ban list, it needs to meet at least two of the following three criteria:

Fri
04
Oct

Why marijuana is thriving in Colombia

Marijuana has been spreading its roots globally. Uruguay and Canada were the first two countries to fully legalize cannabis. Thailand is advancing its medical marijuana market. New Zealanders are making a strong case in support of legalization. To learn more about this phenomenon, read Cannabis: While the US Waits, the World Opens Up. Mexico could be next.

Colombia legalized medical marijuana in 2015. Now, it’s working on its booming medical cannabis industry. Let’s take a look at how.

Fri
04
Oct

You can now buy cannabis drinks, oils and food in South Africa – this is what is legal

An influx in the sale of cannabis products in South Africa has caused much confusion among consumers as to whether these products are legal, says Ferosa-Fae Hassan, an associate at law firm ENSAfrica.

According to Hassan, the market has been flooded by new cannabis beverages, oils, soaps, creams and even foods infused with cannabidiol (CBD) oils.

There have also been numerous exhibitions and festivals across the country demonstrating the health benefits of such goods.

“This new boost in cannabis products follows the September 2018 Constitutional Court judgement which held that certain provisions of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act and the Medicines and Related Substances Act are unconstitutional based on one’s right to privacy, said Hassan,

Fri
04
Oct

Nearing finish line, fight for cannabis banking bill shifts to the Senate

Advocates are hopeful that a bill that would allow the financial sector to finally serve cannabis businesses could head to President Trump’s desk by the end of the year.

The House in a strong bipartisan vote last week passed the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which would allow banks and financial institutions to work with cannabis businesses.

The bill now faces an uncertain future in the Republican-held Senate, with little time left on the legislative calendar and Congress already distracted by funding fights and the House Democratic impeachment inquiry into Trump.

But supporters see growing momentum for the legislation and are hopeful they are nearing the finish line despite challenges.

Fri
04
Oct

France’s forgotten golden age of medicinal marijuana

This past summer the French food and drug office, the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament, greenlit limited medical cannabis trials inside France, something that’s been illegal since 1953.

Thu
03
Oct

Justice Department accuses DEA of having role in opioid crisis

As legal battles between pharmaceutical companies and a number of local, state, tribal, and now federal government groups heat up, a new report implicates the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the ongoing opioid crisis.

Ultimately, the report argues that the DEA contributed to the spread of the opioid crisis, and concludes that the DEA is not doing enough to help address the problem.

Thu
03
Oct

Cannabis stocks reverse losses as report finds most Americans favor decriminalizing all drugs

Cannabis stocks reversed their early losses to move higher in afternoon trade Wednesday, after a report found that most Americans favor decriminalizing all drugs.

The report by libertarian think tank Cato Institute found 55% of 1,700 adults polled want drug offenses to be treated like civil infractions that do not carry jail time, compared with 44% who disagree. While polls have long found Americans in favor of legalizing cannabis, support for overall drug policy has mostly been lacking, as advocacy site Marijuana Moment reported.

Thu
03
Oct

Illinois marijuana companies receive first state licenses for growing

As the date when the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois takes effect draws closer, the state issued its first licenses to growers. 

The first companies to be granted approval for cultivation are Cresco Labs, PharmaCann, Ascend Illinois and Columbia Care. For the first crops to be ready by January 1, 2020, when legal sales of marijuana kick-off, cultivation needs to take off immediately. 

Thu
03
Oct

The United States of Cannabis reveals each State’s distinct cannabis identity

As the platform that processes 21% of all wholesale orders of cannabis products in the U.S., LeafLink had gotten a birds-eye view of the preferences and spending habits of cannabis retailers, allowing them to compile insightful data into one source. 

The United States of Cannabis is a new data source developed by LeafLink, which is the largest online marketplace for wholesale cannabis in the country. Using the information about the wholesale orders placed by 3,800+ retailers in 12 states, The United States of Cannabis presents comprehensive information about who’s buying what in the legal cannabis states. 

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